maheshwari-2017-ijca-914114.pdf - International Journal of Computer Applications(0975 – 8887 Volume 166 – No.9 May 2017 Smart Mirror A Reflective

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International Journal of Computer Applications (0975 8887) Volume 166 No.9, May 2017 30 Smart Mirror: A Reflective Interface to Maximize Productivity Piyush Maheshwari Professor and Head of Engineering Amity University, Dubai Maninder Jeet Kaur Assistant Professor Department of Engineering Amity University, Dubai Sarthak Anand Student Department of Computer Science Amity University, Dubai ABSTRACT There is no end of objects that could be made “smarter,” some being more suited to this than others. Mirrors, for example, provide a large surface ideal for displaying information and interacting with. This paper depicts the design and development of a smart mirror that represents an elegant interface for glancing information for multiple people in a home environment. Face-recognition based authentication is used to detect the user. It provides a webpage based interface to access data feeds and other services. The data feeds use web service based communication to extract data packets available through various APIs offered by websites. All the computing required for this project is done by a Raspberry Pi 3 computer along with a webcam used for face detection and a LCD panel placed behind the mirror to display the interface. Keywords Smart Mirror, Raspberry Pi, Facial Recognition, OpenCV. 1. INTRODUCTION This research project has been developed within the context of a time where every day we see more and more connected devices. The Internet transformed our lives by connecting us more easily to information and other people in the virtual world. Mobile phones then became smartphones and since then this concept has erupted and morphed into the Internet of Things, things which connect us to everyday objects. Our research is exploring a new way to use technologies to be more informed. The state of innovation currently is to provide more information, but less interaction to get it. The device that has been researched and designed is called “Smart Mirror”. It is a wall mounted mirror which displays relevant items to the user such as weather, scheduling, messages and other fields of interest. The mirror will solve the problems that many people experience every day, getting information without distraction. Before going to bed, the user may want to know whether it will snow the next morning so that they can plan their commute. The aim of this research project is to explore the impeding shift in how people receive information. We see wall mounted clocks, which provided people with access to the time at a glance. We have displays in airports to show the timetable so that passengers can see the information. We also see massive tickers and advertisements. We have tried to personalize this concept and bring it to the home. The Smart Mirror lets people use their device less, while being presented with more.
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